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Iran’s Khamenei grants clemency to over 2,800 prisoners

Statement from supreme leader’s office does not name the 2,825 convicts who were either pardoned or had sentences commuted to mark religious holidays

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei checks the time in farewell meeting with outgoing President Hassan Rouhani's administration in Tehran, Iran, in July 28, 2021. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei checks the time in farewell meeting with outgoing President Hassan Rouhani's administration in Tehran, Iran, in July 28, 2021. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to more than 2,800 jailed convicts to mark two Muslim religious holidays, his website said on Saturday.

The statement did not elaborate on the identity of the 2,825 prisoners who were either pardoned or had their sentences commuted.

Clemency was granted to mark Eid al-Adha celebrated in Iran on July 21 and Eid al-Ghadir commemorated on Thursday.

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the biggest celebrations on the Muslim calendar, and Eid al-Ghadir is a significant Shiite religious holiday.

In June, Khamenei made the same decision for more than 5,000 prisoners to mark the birth of Imam Reza, one of Shiite Islam’s most revered figures.

Iran’s supreme leader grants clemency to prisoners several times each year on occasions of religious or national holidays after it is proposed by the head of the judiciary authority.

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